The future is here; here's how Stem Cell Therapy can help in reversing the tide of erectile dysfunction
17 November 2019| Last updated on 17 November 2019
It is a familiar scenario in urology clinics: The urologist is about to conclude the consultation session with his male patient, and he inquires whether he could be of help in anything else. The patient hesitates, looks down for a second to summon his will, and then says, “Well, there is one more thing I need to discuss with you…”
Erectile dysfunction (ED), even the name is enough to make any man nervous! Representing a prevalent health problem, erectile dysfunction is starting to exist in epidemic figures and can severely impact the quality of life of men, and their partners. Approximately 50% of men between 40 - 70 years of age have some degree of erectile dysfunction. However, it is considered a highly personal problem that many men find embarrassing or shameful to talk about, even confidentially with their doctor.
Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection satisfactory for an intimate relationship. Damage to the nerves, arteries, and smooth muscles, often because of a disease process, is the most common cause of erectile dysfunction. Although occasional weak erection may not be a reason for any concern, the ongoing problem can lead to overwhelming emotional stress, frustration, decreased self-confidence, and low self-esteem.
Over the past two decades, the science presented a handful of validated treatments for erectile dysfunction and the most popular of these is a family of oral medications known as the Phosphodiesterase type-5 Inhibitors (PDE-5) such as Sildenafil, Vardenafil, and Tadalafil. Since their introduction to the global markets, these medications have revolutionised the management of erectile dysfunction and became the first-line therapy for treating men with erection problems. Phosphodiesterase type-5 Inhibitors (PDE-5) increase penile blood flow and help in achieving and maintaining an erection.
However, all Phosphodiesterase type-5 Inhibitors have one thing in common; they do not target the root cause, and therefore they do not represent a radical `cure`. They can only override the symptoms temporarily and are unable to restore spontaneity in intimate relationships. These medications also carry significant side effects that may reduce their suitability for some men. Moreover, they may begin to lose their effectiveness when used continuously.
Stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction
With the global search for a safer solution that can address the root cause of erectile dysfunction without the use of pills, needles, surgery or harmful side effects, scientists have turned to regenerative medicine. In this field of medicine, stem cell therapy has been showing ground-breaking results.
The human body is made out of different cells and tissues. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that represent the body's raw materials – cells from which all other cells with specialised functions are developed, and are located in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, muscles, etc. They can divide and uniquely differentiate into various cell types, such as muscle cells, red blood cells, and brain cells. Stem cells also have the ability to repair damaged cells and tissues.
Recently, the use of stem cells in the treatment of erectile dysfunction has been receiving increased attention worldwide. Various research results show that stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment strategy for erectile dysfunction. The procedure has proven its ability to restore erectile function through regenerating penile tissue, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels (improving penile blood flow), and encouraging new growth and protection of penile nerve supply.
Because of its ability to restore sufficient erectile function and allow previously impotent men to have a spontaneous erection for a satisfying intimate relationship, stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction promises a novel, long-lasting solution for men with weak erection because of various causes such as atherosclerosis of blood vessels, hypertension, neurological diseases, and diabetes.
The Stem Cell Therapy for erectile dysfunction protocol
This treatment involves injecting the person's own stem cells which have the potential to regenerate nerves, blood vessels and erectile tissue, into the male reproductive organ. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. Initially, the abdominal fat tissue (which is very rich in stem cells; mostly mesenchymal stem cells) is collected by the aesthetic surgeon through liposuction under local anaesthesia, and then sent to the stem cells laboratory (Bioscience) for the harvesting and culture of stem cells.
After 2-3 weeks, the stem cells concentrate is injected into the male reproductive organ using a tiny needle, also under local anaesthesia. The entire procedure is virtually painless, with men only reporting little post-procedural discomfort, slight swelling and temporary redness or bruising that takes but a few days to resolve completely.
With stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction, the results start to show up within 4 – 8 weeks with men reporting improved functionality, longer and firmer spontaneous erections, as well as enhanced intimate desire and performance. Improvement continues to build up for 6 - 12 months following the procedure.
The results received from stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction are natural, safe, and without risk of side effects since it utilises the person's own stem cells to repair damaged tissue and restore the ability to experience spontaneous, more sustainable, and satisfactory erections. Stem cells can help solve the problem of weak erection naturally and at its root through regenerative stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction can be a very sensitive `taboo` that no man would feel comfortable to talk about. Nevertheless, failing to acknowledge it will not make the problem go away. Your best defence against erectile dysfunction is to address the problem at its root.
If you have erectile dysfunction and willing to restore what is missing in your intimate life, now is the time to do something about it. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment that works well for all men. It is imperative to discuss your complaint with your trusted male health expert who can help you make the best possible treatment decision.
Authored by Dr. Anis Haddad, MD
Urologist, Andrologist, and Sexologist
Male Health Expert
Dr. Anis Haddad, MD